CNN’s Jim Acosta Denied White House Entry After Trump Presser Dust-Up

That’s a de facto banning that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says is because of the way the longtime Trump foil interacted with a White House intern during the post-midterm elections press conference

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in a statement this evening. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”

CNN backed its reporter tonight and said in a statement that “Jim Acosta has our full support The Ted Turner founded outlet added that Acosta’s pass was pulled “in retaliation for his challenging questions at today’s press conference” and not over a “fraudulent …incident that never happened.”

“This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better,” CNN asserted. 

NBC News’ Josh Lederman called the White House’s actions “a major escalation in Trump’s campaign against the press.” CNN producer Allie Malloy spoke up for her colleague as well:

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